893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Hampshire is among the most innovative colleges in the country, challenging students to design their own education and recruit a faculty committee to guide them. The program fosters intellectual exploration and experience, and a willingness to experiment, supported by narrative assessments by faculty rather than grades. The model has been described as a “graduate school for undergraduates.” Since it was founded in 1970 by its four partner colleges in the town of Amherst, Mass., Hampshire has demonstrated success as its experiential education has been emulated nationwide, and its roster of alumni have distinguished themselves globally. Hampshire graduates more Ph.D. candidates than any other school of its size. Its alums include Academy Award winners, Emmy Award winners, best-selling authors, scientists, historians, Peabody winners, and MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” awardees. More than a quarter of alumni have started their own organization or venture, ranking Hampshire among the top entrepreneurial colleges. Hampshire is part of the Five College Consortium, through which our students share classes and resources with the students of Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.